5 year old Harris County, Texas boy dies in 100F hot car after mom forgets about him while rushing to prepare for elder sibling birthday celebrations. A preventable death.
A 5-year-old boy died inside a hot car in Texas after the boy’s mother ‘accidentally’ forgot about him after rushing home to prepare for his older sibling’s birthday celebration later that day.
The child was mistakenly left in the vehicle outside the family’s Harris County home for multiple hours, on Monday as temperatures outside climbed to 100 degrees (38 celsius).
The boy’s mother had returned home with her two children in the backseat of her car, saw that her 8-year-old hopped out and assumed her younger child exited as well, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said according to a Facebook post.
She realized two to three hours later that he was missing and ran outside to find her son still strapped into a child safety seat in the back of the car. EMS was called and pronounced the young boy dead at the scene.
The family was busy making preparations for the 8-year-old’s birthday party at the time of the child’s death.
Police decline to say whether charges are forthcoming
The mother told police that her son typically knows how to unbuckle himself and exit the car, but the car he died in was a rental vehicle, Gonzalez said.
‘It appears that the child routinely knows how to unbuckle himself from the toddler’s seat and open the door, but on this occasion, it didn’t happen,’ Gonzalez told press.
Adding, ‘the door did not have any kind of child safety lock enacted or anything like that.’
To date cops declined to publicly identify the boy or the child’s mother. It remained unclear if any charges would be forthcoming. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
A day after the boy’s death, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted tips to teach children car safety — including teaching them how to unbuckle their car seat, honk the horn, turn on the hazards and unlock the front doors.
The advisory came with the note that this month is on track to be the hottest June on record.
The temperature in a car can reach over 115 degrees when the outside temperature is just 70 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Since 1998, 912 children have died in hot cars. In most instances, they were forgotten by a parent or caregiver. Every year an average of 38 children die due to child heatstroke in the U.S. according to noheatstroke.org.